RIO+20: EXPECTATIONS & LESSONS – PAUL WALKER, GREEN CROSS INTERNATIONAL
The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, UNCSD, took place in Rio de Janeiro last month, twenty years after the first “Earth Summit” in 1992.
At the Rio+20 Conference, world leaders, along with thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, NGOs and other groups, came together to attempt to shape how the global community might reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection on our crowded planet.
At a recent Global Green USA/DC Environmental Network brown-bag, Paul Walker, Director of Green Cross International’s Environmental Security and Sustainability Programme (ESS), and several Washington DC colleagues who attended this year’s Earth Summit as well as the related “People’s Summit” in Rio discussed their impressions of the event and its final document, “The Future We Want.”
They also noted the implications from the summit for our environmental movement, and where we need to go from here.